Dates: 1886-1906

Origin: France

Key Artists: Henri-Edmond Cross, Georges Seurat

Technique of employing a point, or small dot, of colour to create the maximum colour intensity in a Neo-Impressionist canvas. While Neo-impressionism suggests both the style created by Georges Seurat and the ensuing movement that flourished between 1886 and 1906, Pointillism denotes only the technique. Seurat favoured the term ‘chromo-luminarism’, which conveys his dual interest in intensifying the effect of colour and light. Seurat’s chief disciple, Paul Signac, in his book D’Eugène Delacroix au Néo-Impressionnisme (Paris, 1899), offered an alternative term to Pointillism or chromo-luminarism.

Block, Jane. “Pointillism.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. 11 Mar. 2010 <http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/grove/art/T068278&gt;

Georges Seurat

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